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Paradise resort style home resides on 2 acres of land. Privately gated with circular driveway. Grand foyer w/elegant arches, volume ceilings, finest marble & granite throughout. Gourmet kitchen & breakfast area that opens to spacious family room w/fireplace. pool w/spa and patio w/water fountain. This tropical paradise also includes a guest house. It’s a must see to appreciate. Offered at $1,375,000. Call Viviana Oliva from The Rosen Team – (754) 207-5244

SW RANCHES

This beautiful gated Estate sits on a 3 acre lot. Second floor 5 bedrooms plus huge office/gym,2 baths 14 closets. First floor two rooms with 3 1/2 bathrooms .Bamboo flooring throughout . Separate CBS two bedrooms on law, Doll house. Barn with 6 stalls. 16 cameras security. Offered at $1,389,000. Call Rosa Rosales (954) 303-2701

WESTON

Lake front 5BR/4BA, 3-way split floorplan situated on a 1/3 acre pieshaped lot. New wood floors throughout the social areas and bedrooms. Spacious kitchen with 42” wood cabinets, stainless appliances, granite counter. Combination impact glass windows and shutters. Fully fenced backyard, extended brick paver patio, firepit, pool and spa. Offered at $879,900. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

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Dream house on a cul de sac. Tastefully furnished, travertine floors, chef’s kitchen. Serene lake views, decor touches throughout. A MUST SEE! Offered at $789,900. Call Gustavo Bergamini from The Rosen Team – (954) 394-9147

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Palatial 3 story private gated estate on 7.5 acres. Featuring: library, office, stained glass windows, gourmet kitchen, 12 seat theatre, game room, bowling alley, 4 fireplaces, elevator, 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 4 half bathrooms, and so much more. Offered at $ 12,900,000. Call Jean Kachik – (954) 646-0777

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Contemporary inspired 4BR/3.5BA plus den has been completely renovated.. Outstanding water to golf view. Marble flooring in the social areas. Kitchen with laminated cabinets, granite counters, tiled backsplash, under-cabinet lighting & stainless steel appliances. Swimming pool & fenced yard. Brick paver driveway & patio. Accordion shutters, newer roof 2007 & Air conditioning unit. Offered at $810,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

MIAMI

Spectacular modern home with over $100,000. In upgrades. Home features 4BR, 5.5BA, top of the line appliances, wine cellar, security cameras, large paved patio, hardwood floors in all bedrooms, outside kitchen and so much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $1,275,000. Call Jeannette Vaught – (954) 682-2526

PARKLAND

Beautiful Estate Home with large lot. Home features, 4BR, 4.5BA, screened pool, crown molding throughout home, Accordion Shutters, high vaulted ceiling, wood cabinetry in kitchen with granite countertop, butler pantry. Must see! Offered at 1,050,000. Call Indra Ragbir – (954) 773-1557 or Haimnath Ragbir – (954) 818-1475


WESTON

Welcome to Savanna, one of Weston’s most desirable neighborhoods. Home features 3BR, 2BA, over 1,600 sqft of living area, corner lot home, crown molding throughout living area, ceramic tile and bamboo laminate flooring, private patio, beautifully landscaped. Must see. Offered at $390,000. Call Filippo Vespa – (954) 540-2806

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Nice cottage style home located on Shallow Canal with boat duck and direct ocean access. Home features 2BR, 1BR, over 1,500 sqft of living area. Offered at $420,000. Call Josefa Castrillon – (954) 612-3340 or Herb Halcomb – (954) 612-3340

SUNRISE

Look no further beautiful updated tri level townhouse in Sunrise with breathtaking lake views from all three floors. Property features kitchen with SS appl. Pride of ownership with kitchen, baths and bamboo flooring 1 yr old. New impact resistant skylight installed in 2016. A/C and rear awnings 2016. Balcony on second floor. Located within walking distance to Sawgrass mall. Offered at $285,000. Call Mirtha West – (305) 773-0308

WESTON

Beautiful home located in Weston’s premier neighborhood, Palm Island. Home features, 4BR & 3BA, pool, granite kitchen counter tops, new roof with existing warranty, spacious backyard with pool, accordion shutters, and so much more. Offered at $698,900. Call Jorge Prieto – (954) 817-0401

WESTON

Beautiful 2 story, single family home offering 4 bedrooms (2 master suites) and 3.5 baths. Maplewood floors, kitchen granite countertops w/full backsplash, kitchenAid stainless steel appliances. Pool Solar heater ready (just need connection). Offered at $499,990. Viviana Oliva from The Rosen Team – (754) 207-5244

FT. LAUDERDALE

Attention boaters! Ocean access property with no height restrictions. Completely remodeled home with impact windows, wood cabintets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble & wood floors. Great back yard. Offered at $419,000. Call Eva Hajmassy – (954) 383-7687

MIRAMAR

Nice one story home at Sunset Lakes, 4BR, 3BA, over 2,300 sqft of living area, new appliances, resort style community, fenced yard with privacy. Oversized patio. Offered at $425,000. Call Claudia Georgiopoulos - (954) 802-1103

PEMBROKE PINES

Completely Remodeled home in Eagle Creek. 3 bedrooms PLUS office/den. Kitchen is remodeled and great for entertaining. High ceilings throughout the house. The roof is NEW, only 5 months. 2 car Garage, Floor freshly Epoxy surfaced & Beautiful. Very big back yard with room for a pool. Offered at $365,000. Call Ariane Cohen from The Rosen Team – (305) 632-5213

MIAMI

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS 46 Intimate Wellness Is Now an Affordable Option for Women 73 So, You’ve Never Been To An Acupuncturist

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74 Why You Should Start Doing Yoga Immediately 76 Athletes and Acupuncture

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 87 the world’s favorite newspaper™

SCHOOL NEWS 50 Career Day Presenters Inspire Eagle Point Elementary Students to Reach for the Stars 50 Indian Trace Elementary Celebrates Literacy Week 53 Weston Students Excel at Tomodachi Haiku Contest 53 A Children’s Carousel Initiates Sister School Program with Prominent Chinese Preschool 54 Cypress Bay PTSA Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Stress 54 Cypress Bay’s Advanced Academic Night Facilitates Course Selection Process 56 . . . . . . The Sagemont School’s Music Program is

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18 Symphony of the Americas Performs Free Outdoor Concert Fiery Romances on the Big Screen Sizzled

22 Weston is Snowbound at Winter Safety Expo 24 Island Dreaming Turns Weston Into Tropical Paradise 26 Weston Named Three Time Healthy Weight Community Champion

38 Weston Fire Rescue Provides Smoke Alarm Service for Seniors and the Disabled

LEGISLATIVE LOOK 32 Cypress Bay Students Help Introduce Max’s Helmet Law

REAL ESTATE 34 Where Are We Headed in 2017 with Home Values?

FEATURE STORY 43 GILLMAN VICTORES REALTORS Are Your Key To All Things Real Estate

MAYOR’S MESSAGE 45 Make Your Voice Heard

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90 Helping Your Itchy Pet

ROTARY NEWS 92 One Hundred Years of Doing Good in the World

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20 Cultural Events Blossom This Spring

36 Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

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30 Weston University Students Discover Weston’s Development Services

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14 Let’s Go Camping

28 New Insurance Ratings Benefit Weston Residents and Businesses

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86 When to File a Paternity Action

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CAN DO KID 44 Second Grader Shares Beloved Family Bedtime Story In Spanish Children’s Book 60 Weston Student Receives Prestigious QuestBridge Scholarship

SPRING BREAK CAMP GUIDE 63-71 Spring Break Camps for Weston

ASK THE EXPERT 76 Athletes and Acupuncture 78 Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle 79 Discovering the Best You Yet! Your 2017 Health and Wellness Goals 80 Mona Lisa Touch 82 Just a Baby Tooth

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FREE Community Car Wash – St. Paul Lutheran Church & Preschool is hosting a FREE car wash. It takes place from 9am-4pm at the church, located at 580 Indian Trace. Call 954-384-9096 for more information.

Sagemont Band Concert – These talented student musicians will perform at 7pm in the school’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $5 in advance only. Please contact Jessica Gronberg at 954389-2454 for more information.

Zumbini – This Mommy & Me Zumba class will allow caregivers and their child to learn, bond, and grow in an upbeat and happy musical environment. The class is from 10:30-11:30 at the Weston Branch Library. One child per adult. You must preregister by calling 954-357-5420.

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Free Symphony Concert – The Symphony of the Americas, under the direction of Maestro James BrooksBruzzese, will perform a free concert at 6:30pm at Weston Town Center. Limited seating available, please bring your own lawn chair. For more information visit www.westonphilharmonic.org.

AAUW Meeting – The Weston Branch of the American Association of University Women is holding a free meeting from 2-4pm at the Weston Library where Dr. Andrea Bretal will talk about women’s health issues and remedies. For more information, contact westonaauw@gmail.com. Totally Awesome 80’s – The WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series continues with the band Private Stock. The free concert takes place from 7-10pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Bring your own lawn chairs and come early to get good seating. For more information call 954-389-4321.

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“Hair” – The Cypress Bay High School Drama Department presents this classic musical. Showtime is at 4:30pm on Wednesday and 7pm on Thursday in the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 for reserved seating or at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at Lightningdrama.com.

9th Hot Topics: Holocaust Education – This session will feature the film The Search for the White Rose, about student resistance during the Holocaust, followed by a discussion with Craig Weiner, principal founder of the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund. The program is at 7:30pm at the Bonaventure Town Center Club. There is a $1 charge for non-Bonaventure residents. Please RSVP to Larry Rothman at rothmla@yahoo.com.

11th Free Magic Show – Magician Dave Kaplan presents two free magic shows for children at the Weston Community Center. His show features card tricks, magic ropes, rings and scarves. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Show times are at 1:30pm and 3pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.

Weston World Fest – Celebrate the cultural diversity in our community with educational country booths, unique foods and entertainment from around the world. Children can take part in the Passport Challenge. It takes place from 12-4pm at Weston Regional Park. For more information visit www.1weston. com.

5th-7th “Fame” – The Cypress Bay High School American Musical Theater Department presents this favorite contemporary musical. Show times are at 4:30pm on Wednesday and at 7pm on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 for reserved seating or at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at Lightningdrama.com.

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Out of the Shadows” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn – it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. In this action/comedy Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello battle the evil Shredder and his mutants, while facing an invasion from the deranged extraterrestrial Krang. This free, family event takes at the Event Stage at Weston Regional Park. The movie begins at 7:30pm. Call 954-389-4321 for more information.

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13th “Volver” – The Weston Foreign Film Series continues with this Spanish film about a mother who, after her death, returns to her hometown in order to fix the situations she could not resolve during her life. Movies are at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8. For more information visit www.1Weston.com.

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24th Weston Art Guild Reception – The Weston Art Guild is hosting a free reception from 7-9pm for the opening of its “Glory of the Moment” exhibit at the Studio 18 Gallery in Pembroke Pines. The exhibit runs from March 21st through April 26th. For more information contact Barbara Burk at 504-427-0129.

25th Dr. Seuss Celebration – In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday this month, entertainer Marci Poppins will present a fun show for children at the Weston Branch Library from 11-11:45. For more information call 954-357-5304.

27th Weston Art Guild Meeting – At this month’s meeting, Portrait Artist Lisa Lee will demonstrate her techniques of drawing portraits in pencil and charcoal. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at Rick Case Hyundai. Contact Barbara Burk at 504-427-0129 for more information.

Special Municipal Election – The City of Weston is holding a Special Municipal Election to fill the vacancy in City Commission Seat 3. All registered Weston voters are eligible to vote. Polls are open from 7am-7pm; there is no early voting.

15th Weston Friends Club 5-deck Canasta – This game is played at a member’s home on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you are interested in this activity or more information about Weston Friends Club, please call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445.

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Apr. 1st-27th

Belly Dancing – Empower your feminine spirit with this special program at the Weston Branch Library. Instructor Beatriz Naranjo will teach how to belly dance while celebrating life and female energy. The program is from 10:3011:45am. For more information call 954-357-5304.

Student Artist Showcase – View the work of Weston’s most talented young artists at the Arts Council of Greater Weston’s annual Student Artist Showcase. The free exhibition is at the Weston Branch Library. For more information go to www.1weston.com.

19th Hearts @ Work 5K – Hearts @ Work in association with the American Heart Association is hosting its 5th annual 5K run/walk at Markham Park. The race begins at 7:30am. The cost is $25.

Apr. 7th Weston Friends Club Lunch Bunch – Join the Weston Friends Club for lunch at a local restaurant. To RSVP or for more information on this monthly event, please call Rhonda Weissbein at 954-253-4685.


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eston Town Center will transform into an open air concert hall for the Symphony of the Americas on Sunday, March 12th. The City of Weston, Weston Town Center and the Weston Philharmonic Society, in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Weston, are pleased to present this free outdoor concert. This year’s “music under the stars” program will feature symphony classics and scores from popular sci-fi movies, as well as a tribute to two legendary performers. All music is performed by the full Symphony of the Americas Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. This concert provides a unique opportunity to introduce the community to the beauty of classical music and a world-class symphony orchestra. The outdoor venue is especially nice for families with young children who may not be ready for the traditional theater experience. “This event gives Weston residents the opportunity to enjoy wonderful music in a lovely setting with family and friends,” says Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS) Co-President Andrea Brughardt. Organizers note this concert brings the entire community together, with a crowd of everyone from families with toddlers to senior citizens all singing along, dancing in the walkways, and enjoying the talented musicians performing in the relaxed setting of Weston Town Center. “Seeing the Symphony of the Americas perform outdoors at Town Center is a unique treat for residents and visitors to Weston,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “There is a certain energy in that environment that is so inviting for everyone, including the musicians.” This year’s pops concert will include selections from several blockbuster movies such as the “Imperial March” from Stars Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the theme song from E.T., a medley of Star Trek through the years, and the theme from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The audience may also delight in the Michael Jackson Spectacular, Whitney Houston Tribute, or a Salute to the Big Bands. The playlist may also include Duke Ellington, a couple of Cole Porter clas-

sics, and music from My Fair Lady. And, what pops concert would be complete without a performance of the beloved “Stars and Stripes Forever.” This outdoor concert is one of several Weston Philharmonic Society programs supported by the City of Weston. “We are lucky to live in a community where the elected officials and staff are so supportive of the arts, recognizing its value in bringing our diverse community together through their sponsorship of music,” credits Lou Marett, WPS Co-President. “The schools, too, appreciate these diverse opportunities, understanding the importance of the arts in education.” The Weston Philharmonic Society has three main goals: to bring fine music of all genres to Weston; to provide in-school music education programs to Weston elementary schools; and to provide scholarships to graduating high school students to continue their music studies. The Symphony of the America’s outdoor concert takes place on Sunday, March 12th from 6:30-8pm behind the Bell Tower in Weston Town Center. The concert is free. Seating is limited; guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the fabulous performance. For more information go to www.westonphilharmonic.org or call 954-389-4321.

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Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese (left) with guest artists Dunlap and Pennington. Photos courtesy Dr. John Lister.

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he Symphony of the Americas’ Fiery Romances on the Big Screen warmed the hearts of music lovers of all ages. Presented by the City of Weston, in cooperation with the Weston Philharmonic Society, this magnificent concert featured the full Symphony of the Americas Orchestra, under the baton of Artistic Director Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, accompanied by the world-famous keyboard duo, Dunlap and Pennington, on the piano and Wersi digital keyboard. Fiery Romances on the Big Screen was a treat for the senses. The concert featured romantic works of the Classical repertoire, re-imagined for a full orchestra and keyboard accompaniment. Oversized video screens projected close-ups of the musicians, allowing the audience to marvel at the amazing finger work of the keyboardists. The program included such works as Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, Edward Elgar’s Crown of India Suite, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture

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Concertgoers Marvin and Lee Weiner. Lee is a former Weston Philharmonic Society Board Member.

to the Abduction from the Seraglio. The highlight of the evening was the encore performance by Dunlap and Pennington of Khataurian’s Sabre Dance. The duo received two standing ovations. Following the concert, the Weston Philharmonic Society hosted a dessert reception where concertgoers could meet the Maestro and musicians. Providing unique opportunities for Weston residents to hear and meet world-class musicians is one of the Society’s missions. Last month it hosted the JECC Jazz Boot Camp Ensemble at a private home. Salon patrons enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres while listening to these talented young musicians perform. The Weston Philharmonic Society is a non-profit organization committed to bringing quality concerts to the Weston community and supporting music education and appreciation for Weston students. To learn more visit www.WestonPhilharmonic.org.


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Cultural Events Blossom This Spring SECTION HEAD COMMUNITY NEWS

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rom movies and magic to concerts and a celebration of cultural diversity, there’s a lot going on in Weston this month. So mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss any of these fun, and mostly free, events. The excitement kicks off with a blast from the past on Saturday, March 4th. It’s Totally Awesome 80’s at this month’s WestonNights Outdoor Concert. The band Private Stock will perform a selection of pop, rock and hair band hits from the decade that brought us Pac-Man, MTV and the mullet. The concert is from 7-10pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park.

Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Get ready for Spring Break with a trip around the world. Weston World Fest, presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston, is a celebration of the cultural diversity in our community. The event features cultural performances, music, food and country booths from more than 20 nations. The event takes place from 12-4pm on Sunday, March 5th, at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. This month’s Moonlight Movie in the Park is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles –

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Out of the Shadows. Bring your popcorn, blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy this family-friendly flick on Saturday, March 11th at 7:30pm. The movie will be shown on a giant inflatable screen near the event stage in Weston Regional Park. This action/comedy is rated PG-13. Children of all ages will be amazed when Magician David Kaplan performs at the Weston Community Center on Saturday, March 11th. His interactive Magic Show features coins, cards, ropes, scarves and rings. Show times are at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Symphony of the Americas leaves the concert hall to perform at Weston Town Center on Sunday, March 12th. This popular outdoor concert features symphony classics and Broadway tunes performed by the worldrenowned Symphony of the Americas orchestra under the direction of Maestro James BrooksBruzzese. The concert takes place from 6:30-8pm on Bell Tower Lane. It is presented by the City of Weston, Weston Town Center and the Weston Philharmonic Society, in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Weston. The Spanish film Volver is this month’s Weston Foreign Film Series feature. It’s a hauntingly beautiful story of a mother who, after her death, returns to her hometown in order to fix situations she could not resolve during her lifetime. Show times are at 4:45pm and 7:30pm on Monday, March 13th at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8. For more information on any of these events visit the Events Calendar of the City of Weston webpage at www.westonfl.org/ events or call 954-389-4321.


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he Cypress Bay High School stadium was transformed into a winter wonderland for the Weston Winter Safety Expo. The annual event was presented by the City of Weston and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Winter Safety Expo guests were able to meet the men and women who serve and protect our community. A variety of law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level were represented, including the BSO Weston District, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Marine Patrol, Tactical Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Photos courtesy City of Weston. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States view the robotics from the Bomb Squad, and learn Coast Guard, Weston C.O.P. and CERT. about fire safety and emergency services. The agencies showcased the vehicles, boats, The evening featured plenty of entertainment, as helicopters, and tools that are used in their daily work. well as children’s activities including games, ice skatAttendees had the opportunity to sit in a helicopter, ing and a DJ. There were also informational booths

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Island Dreaming Turns Weston Into Tropical Paradise COMMUNITY NEWS

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eston residents Commissioner Feuer, Mayor Stermer and Commissioner Brown were transported enjoy beach access in Weston. to the tropics Photos courtesy City of Weston. with Island Dreaming, the second show in the popular WestonNights Concert Series. The crowd enjoyed a Jimmy Buffet-style night in the islands when Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways took the stage at Weston Regional Park performing popular party hits such as Cheeseburger in Paradise, Margaritaville and Brown Eyed Girl. Mayor Daniel Stermer welcomed the enthusiastic crowd. He was joined my City Commissioners Toby Feuer and Margaret Brown, as well as State Representative Richard Stark. The Department of Parks and Recreation and Landscaping helped transform the park into a tropical paradise, complete with a beach area where concertgoers could pose for pictures. The evening also featured a selection of food truck vendors to satisfy hungry appetites. Many families brought their own picnic dinners to sit back and enjoy the

music in the moonlight. To ensure the concert was accessible to all residents, the City installed a ramp across the grass to the event stage area. Popular at public beaches to provide wheelchair access over the sand, Weston will now be using the accessible ramp at City events featured at the event stage in Regional Park. The WestonNights Concert Series concludes this month with Totally Awesome 80’s on Saturday, March 4th. The band Private Stock will perform a mix of everything from hair band ballads to glamour girl pop hits to classic 80’s songs. The concert takes place from 7-10pm on the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Concertgoers should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. For more information on the WestonNights Concert Series call 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org/events.

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t’s no secret that Weston is a vibrant and active community. With a world-class parks and recreation program and miles of paved bicycle paths throughout the city, residents pride themselves on maintaining an active lifestyle. So it should come as no surprise that the City of Weston was selected as a Healthy Weight Community Champion for the third consecutive year. The Community Champions program is part of the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Its goal is to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living to curb the stem of obesity contributing to chronic diseases.

“Healthy living choices such as exercise, food selections, not smoking and seeing a doctor regularly save lives and reduce health care costs for our society and pain and suffering for individuals. A healthy body also increases the likelihood of a healthy mind and who wouldn’t want that for their children and for themselves,” states Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer. “Weston is a health conscience and active community, and we are infinitely proud to receive this recognition and distinction for the third year in a row.” As part of its application, the City recognized numerous best practices and policies that include participation and promotion of Get Fit Weston and the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup; active parks and recreational programs and events; street and bike lane design and maintenance; Bicycle Friendly Community recognition; personal safety programs for neighborhoods such as the Citizens on Patrol and Crime Prevention on Your Corner, whereby residents can feel safe walking and biking throughout the community; street lighting and sidewalk maintenance, and other criteria that allow for and promote an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, Mayor Stermer says the City is continually working to improve its efforts from year to year. “One example for this year is we will require healthier food selections in the vending machines and concession stands in

our parks. We also routinely upgrade our park facilities and a part of those upgrades whenever possible is providing inclusiveness for those with disabilities as a part of our ongoing commitment to a quality lifestyle.” To further help promote health and wellness within our community, the City of Weston provides monthly tips in its Newsday Tuesday e-newsletter on ways adults and children can lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, stay fit and protect their health. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaborative bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Floridians make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. To learn more about the Healthy Weight Community Champion program visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.

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New Insurance Ratings Benefit Weston Residents and Businesses SECTION HEAD COMMUNITY NEWS

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fter an extensive review process, the City of Weston has received an improved rating by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO). Weston Building Official Reggie Cox was recently notified of the new Building Code Effectiveness Grading Classifications. These changes are good news for residents and business owners. This ensures that our community is safe, it mitigates the impact of storms for less destruction, and, most importantly, it lowers the cost of insurance. Weston received a Class 2 rating for commercial and industrial property and a Class 2 rating for one- and two-family residential property, an improvement from a previous Class 3 classification. Classifications range from 1 to 10; 1 is the highest possible classification rating. Achieving two Class 2 ratings is quite impressive. ISO evaluated 47,969 agencies nationwide and Weston was one of only 1,243 agencies to achieve a Class 2 rating, placing us in the top 2.5% nationally. In Florida, Weston is one of only 92 agencies with a Class 2 rating, placing us in the top 15% statewide. The ISO rating system is used as a basis by many insurers for providing credits to individual property insurance policies in recognition of community efforts to mitigate property damage due to natural disasters. The ISO program will apply credits to new construction within the City of Weston that has been issued a Certificate of Occupancy in the year 2017 and forward. ISO is a leading source of information about risk. It is an independent statisti-

cal, rating, and advisory organization that serves the property and casualty insurance industry. ISO collects information on a community’s building code adoption and enforcement services, analyzes the data, and then assigns a Business Code Effectiveness Classification from 1 to 10. The reason ISO levies these classifications is because municipalities with wellenforced and up-to-date building codes tend to demonstrate better loss experience, so their citizens’ insurance rates should reflect that. The prospect of minimizing catastrophe-related damage and ultimately lowering insurance costs gives communities an incentive to rigorously enforce their building codes. Weston’s Building Code Services department enforces the Florida Building Code and Broward County regulations, promoting safe standards for the community and preserving neighborhood property values. Its services include permit processing, plan review, issuance of building permits, inspections, and issuance of Certificates of Occupancy. The staff can assist and guide homeowners and/or contractors through the permit process on new construction, remodeling, or adding to an existing structure. The City of Weston contracts with C.A.P. Government, Inc. for its building code services. The Weston Building Codes Services Department is located in the Administrative Services Center at 17250 Royal Palm Boulevard. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm. For more information call 954-385-0500.

City Project Updates Are Just A Click Away BY STACEY BOMSER

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rom traffic signal modifications to repaving parking lots in city parks, the City of Weston constantly has improvement projects in the works. To mitigate the impact of these projects, the City posts updates on its website so residents can monitor project progress and how it will affect them. For example, drivers may encounter periodic lane closures at the intersection of Bonaventure Boulevard and Royal Palm Boulevard while the traffic signal is being modified. An existing thru-lane on southbound Bonaventure Boulevard is being converted into a left turn lane to eastbound Royal Palm Boulevard. This will increase the capacity of the left turning traffic. The anticipated completion date is March 17th. According to the City, this project includes the lane conversion, removal and installation of a mast arm, foundations, pull boxes, conduit, signing, marking and ancillary signalization equipment required for the signal to be fully operational. Weston residents can learn more about this and other projects taking place within the City of Weston by clicking on the “Businesses” tab at the top of the

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City’s home page (www.westonfl.org) and then choosing “Current Projects” from the drop down menu. That

will take you to the Development Services/Planning & Zoning Current Projects page. Here you can view the numerous City projects that are currently in various

stages of development and completion throughout Weston. To simplify the search, projects are categorized as Roadways, Traffic Signals, Weston Parks, and Other Projects. This information can be very valuable for park users, as it has updates on projects such as the parking lot resurfacing at Weston Regional Park and the artificial organic turf installation at Tequesta Trace Park. The City is also doing its best to notify residents of projects taking place near Weston that may have a significant impact on residents or traffic. These projects are highlighted on the Happening Now section of the City’s website. It includes updates on projects such as the Florida Department of Transportation’s I-75 Express project, including traffic impacts such as road or lane closures. Other information posted on the Happening Now section of the City’s website includes road or lane closures due to special events (such as roadway races or the annual 4th of July parade), and notices regarding city project work that may have a temporary impact on residents, (such as playground closures, water/sewer projects, etc.)


Chiropractic? Why Not? “A Doctor’s Confession to West Broward”

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n their continued quest to learn about the City’s inner workings, Weston University program students visited the offices of Calvin, Giordano & Associates, the City of Weston’s contract provider for planning, zoning and engineering services. The field trip was part of a program day focused on Weston’s Development Services. At Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA), students were divided into groups to learn about the firm’s different departments and the services each provides to our City. While working alongside CGA employees, the students were able to explore various career opportunities that are vital to running a city such as urban planning, landscape architecture, geographic information systems (GIS), land surveying, traffic engineering, and emergency preparedness. The cornerstone of the Weston University program is hands-on learning. During this particular lesson, students role-played a mock quasi-judicial agenda item to learn the process that planning and development issues go through when they are brought to the City Commission for consideration. Back in Weston, the students had the opportunity to meet with Ryan Fernandes, Weston’s Technology Services Director. He provided an overview of what he and his staff do to keep the City connected and functioning in the digital realm on a daily basis. This month, the Weston University program curriculum will focus on local government and finance. The students will learn how local taxes are figured, explore sources of City revenues including non-tax revenues and user fees, and examine the Weston Budget. The students will also be assigned their roles for the City Commission Simulation. That is the culminating activity for Weston University when students must utilize all of the knowledge of local government they have gained throughout the program to carry out a mock city commission meeting. The topics covered during the eight-month program have included Local & State Government, Fire & Emergency Medical Services, Community Services/Public Works, and Law Enforcement Services. Photos courtesy City of Weston

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very year before the start of session, we hold a county-wide contest in all high schools for students to present a bill idea. This contest is called “Democracy In Action”, and I am proud that we give students the opportunity to participate in the process of how an idea can become a law. The criteria for selection considers several points: it must not already be a law, it benefits the people of Florida, and budgetary impact has been considered. Students may work in groups or individually. Each school selects one winner who then competes county-wide. This year, the students from Cypress Bay High School won the contest. The bill idea was created in memory of the students’ friend, Max, who died in 2016. Thus, we have titled this bill Max’s Helmet Law. Max was a bright, promising young man with his whole life ahead of him, and he died on September 16, 2016, while riding his friend’s longboard without a helmet. He suffered severe blunt force trauma to the back of his head from a fall. The rising popularity of skateboard use has contributed significantly to the increasing number of head injuries suffered by our children because they were simply not wearing a helmet. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 18,000 head injuries were caused by skateboards in 2014. HB147, Max’s Helmet Law, will require children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet while riding a skateboard, scooter, penny-board, longboard, or any similar foot-propelled wheeled vehicle. There is currently nothing in Florida Statue that requires children to wear helmets while riding skateboards or scooters. It is, however, codified in statute that children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while: riding a bike; operating an ATV; riding a horse; riding a moped or Segway; or while riding any electronic personal mobility device. This legislation is purposefully written to be almost identical to the state’s current bicycle regulations. Any violation of this law is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a pedestrian violation – identical to the penalties for riding a bicycle without a helmet. If a child is issued a citation, the court shall dismiss the charge for a first violation if the child shows proof of purchase of a helmet. This is a common sense law that can save the lives of many of our youth. It doesn’t have a negative budgetary impact, it is not an existing law and it affects the majority of our youth under the age of 16. This is a classic case that our students will create a brighter future. This bill idea demonstrates their common sense approach to making life safer for all Floridians. I hope to have bipartisan support and will keep you posted as to the success of this proposed legislation. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287.


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Single Family information leaves all of us speechless. Here are the stats compared to 2016: ▸▸ Homes For Sale: Down 1.1%. ▸▸ Homes Closed: Down 29.3%. ▸▸ Homes Placed under Contract: Up 20%. ▸▸ Average Sold Price per Square Footage as of December 2016: $198. Up 7%. ▸▸ Average Days on Market: Down 9.7%. ▸▸ Sold/Original List Price Ratio: 95%. Up 4.4%. This means that there are few to no price reductions and that homeowners are getting 95% of their originally listed price. ▸▸ December 2016 Average For Sale Price is Appreciating. ▸▸ Average For Sale Price: Up 14.3%. ▸▸ Average Sold Price: Up 3.5%. ▸▸ The average “listed” home price in Weston was $1,018,000. The average “sold” price was $533,000. ▸▸ Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales were down 35.5% compared to the last month and up 41.9% compared to the last year. ▸▸ In December of 2016, there was only 4.7 months of inventory for Weston single family homes which is indicative of a strong Seller’s market – the best time to list your home for the best price. ▸▸ The median priced home as of December of 2016 was $493,000. ▸▸ At the end of January, 2016, there has been a slight increase in inventory factoring that people may wait until after the holidays to put their properties on the market. We are in a recovery position as 32 contracts were written which is a 14% increase from the previous month.

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Of the forty luxury homes sold, fourteen were cash sales. The average price per square foot was $286. There are currently 77 homes listed from $1 Million to $8.5 Million. Fifty-four are waterfront.

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y now it should be common knowledge that smoke detectors save lives. They are an important part of your overall home’s safety, even more so today. Fire research has demonstrated that with today’s modern furnishings, fire can spread much more rapidly than in the past when natural materials were common. Because of manufacturers’ use of these materials, the amount of time you have to escape from a fire has been significantly reduced. You should have a sufficient number of properly located smoke alarms in your home to maximize your family’s escape time. You should have a smoke detector inside each sleeping room and outside of each sleeping area on every level of the home. On levels without bedrooms, install smoke detectors in the living room, den, and/or family room. Install them near the stairway to the upper levels. Smoke rises, so mount your smoke detectors high on the walls or ceilings. For the pitched or cathedral ceilings common in many Weston homes, install smoke detectors within three feet of the peak, but not in the apex of the peak. Ideally, your smoke detectors should also be linked so that when one is activated, they all activate warning everyone in the home. You can accomplish interconnection with hard wires or using wireless technology. Many older homes in Weston may not meet these standards for the number and locations of smoke detectors. Homeowners need to recognize that their detection needs have changed over time. It is well worth the investment to upgrade your home’s smoke detectors to meet current recommendations. Simply having the proper amount of smoke detectors is not enough. Your smoke detectors must be maintained to ensure proper operation in the event of a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA), smoke alarms sounded in only about half of the home fires reported between 2007 and 2011. Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. In one quarter of all home fire deaths, smoke detectors were present but did not sound. Always maintain your home’s smoke detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Here are some other helpful tips to ensure your smoke detectors will always work properly: ▸▸ Only choose smoke detectors that are recognized by an independent testing laboratory, like UL, and keep the manufacturer’s instructions handy. ▸▸ Test the smoke alarms in your home monthly using the test button. ▸▸ Smoke detectors with non-replaceable ten year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to ten years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke detector right away. ▸▸ Smoke detectors with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. ▸▸ When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or the manufacturer’s instructions which are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The detector may not work properly if a different battery is used. ▸▸ Never paint smoke detectors. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarm from working properly. If you are having difficulty changing your smoke detector’s batteries because of access or mobility issues, Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue can help you. In the City of Weston, call Fire Station 81 during normal business hours at 954-389-2015 to schedule a time for our Firefighters to assist you with smoke detector battery replacement. For more information, please contact Fire Chief Bruce Angier at Fire Station 81 at 954-389-2015 or by email at Bruce_Angier@ sheriff.org.


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Weston Fire Rescue Provides Smoke Alarm Service for Seniors and the Disabled BY STACEY BOMSER

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eniors possess the greatest fire risk in this country. BSO Weston Fire Rescue wants to help protect our senior population. It will install smoke alarms or replace smoke alarm batteries in the homes of seniors or the disabled. “This initiative is unique in that it targets one of the highest fire risk population segments who, due to age or disability, may not be able to properly maintain their smoke alarms,” explains Weston Fire Chief Bruce Angier. “We don’t want individuals who are frail or unsteady going up onto a ladder to install smoke alarms or replace batteries. This program assists in preventing injuries to those individuals and ensuring their home has a working smoke alarm.” As of the latest census count, Weston is home to over 5,000 residents over the age of 65. According to statistics, those individuals are consistently more threatened with injury or death by fire than any other segment of the population. Adults ages 65-74 are nearly twice as likely to die in a fire, adults ages 75-84 are nearly four times as likely, and those over the age of 85 are more than five times as likely to die in a fire. While older Americans may be at the greatest risk, it is important for everyone to have a working smoke alarm. According to the National Fire Protection

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You can help avoid colon cancer just by getting screened. “If we detect precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy, we can remove them at the same time, before they turn into cancer,” says Brenda Jimenez, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida gastroenterologist. That’s one reason colon cancer is so preventable. “It takes approximately 10 years for a small colon polyp to become cancerous,” she adds.

Other tests for colon cancer include sigmoidoscopy, fecal occult blood test and CT colonoscopy. However, if they show any abnormality, a colonoscopy is needed.

Who is at risk of colon cancer? Everyone is at risk of developing colon cancer. Over 75% of patients who are diagnosed have had no identifiable risk factors. People at increased risk include those with a strong family history of the disease, an inherited tendency to form polyps, a long history of ulcerative colitis. These patients are at moderate to high risk. The risk is particularly strong if the first degree relative with cancer was less than age 60. However, they are in the minority. The disease occurs most often in those who least expect it. Other common risk factors are; age, obesity, physical inactivity, diet, alcohol and tobacco use.

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The dynamic duo of Weston real estate explain how they came to be one of the top ranked real estate Teams in Weston and how this benefits clients.

How did you get into the real estate market?

Pam: I was licensed and started in real estate in New Jersey, where I concentrated on corporate relocations and property management. I began marketing for top producing agents and became licensed in Florida. It’s now been over 10 years in Weston pursuing my continued passion for the industry. Jackie: I took real estate courses as part of my college degree and dabbled in real estate throughout my career in banking, trusts and estates. I came full circle to find my home in real estate once again.

Why did you choose to focus on Weston?

Pam: We have both lived, worked and played in Weston for more than two decades, raised our children in the Weston schools, and are involved in various civic clubs, professional organizations, sports programs and houses of worship. We also give back to our community through fund raising efforts. Jackie: As a longtime Weston resident my involvement in little league, my synagogue, and the PTA at my children’s schools has given me the opportunity to develop lasting friendships and connections within the community. This has created a priceless network to tap into to best service my clients.

What services do you offer clients?

Jackie: From a rental to a million dollar PREVIEWS listing, each client gets our full attention as a member of the Gillman Victores family. We focus on conducting every transaction with care and professionalism. We are a trusted source of expertise, having years of local experience with proven results. Word of mouth referral has been the staple of our business. Pam: Selling a home can be emotional, especially if you spent years raising your family there.

We are here to help you go through the process from beginning to end, helping you with the many choices, assisting you with staging, decluttering, photos, video, and concierge services of trade people for any need that arises in your property’s sale. For our buyers, we want them to feel the sense of home and community we have helped build over the years. No matter what your life event is, if you need larger, smaller, investments or new construction, Gillman Victores is ready to get you moving.

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acqueline Gillman and Pamela Victores, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, are leaders in the Weston real estate market. Specializing in Weston and the West Broward area, the partners are committed to making clients happy, whether that be by selling their property at the right time and price or by helping clients buy the best home for their family.

Approximately how much do you do in business each year?

Pam: Gillman Victores Realtors is ranked among the Top 10 Agents in the Weston Coldwell Banker office having closed nearly $9 million in sales during 2016. Jackie: We are part of Coldwell Banker Weston which has been the top producing brokerage in the city of Weston year after year, almost doubling the production of the next highest brokerage. Being a top producing team, in the top producing office, provides us with a vast network of buyers and sellers to match with one another.

What is the secret to your success?

Pam: We are two strong women, each with different skills, expertise, and abilities in varying fields combining talents to bring the best of all worlds to our clients. I think our biggest strength is that we are opposites in many ways…different religions, political views and social backgrounds, which allow us to tap into all markets. Jackie: We are readily available and each work equally with our clients to meet their real estate needs. We personally communicate directly with our sellers and are present for every showing. With a depth of expertise covering finance, marketing, sales, philanthropy, and Weston and West Broward real estate, we can be trusted to not only list a property, but sell it. Honest information and discussions save time and, ultimately, money for our clients whether one is selling or buying a property.

What distinguishes Gillman Victores Realtors from other realtors?

Jackie: We always smile, we always tell the truth, and, above all else, we want what is best for our clients, even more than the sale. Pam and I have a long standing work ethic within the community, which is why referrals are the largest source of our business. We develop relationships with clients that last long after the contract has been signed. In addition, we provide a large referral network of professionals, local neighbors, and trade people that can be of assistance. It’s like your very own personal real estate concierge. Pam: Jackie and I pride ourselves in being “Your KEY to all things Real Estate”. We focus on all of life’s events and those transitions that bring people to the real estate market – graduating college, getting married, having babies, building wealth, and relocations.

What is the benefit of being part of Coldwell Banker? Pam: Coldwell Banker has been in the business for over 110 years and has consistently remained the leader in listings and sales in the

Weston market year after year. They dominate the Weston market by almost double in listing and sales volume and have remained the luxury home leaders. With presence daily on more than 725 websites, internationally in over 60 countries and 20 languages, our listings have global reach that is unparalleled. Jackie: In addition, Coldwell Banker is the leader in SMART home technology. Having partnered with Lutron (the leader in automated window treatments and lighting), Nest (home control automation), Amazon Echo/Alexa (voice command technology) and August (smart locks), Coldwell Banker has led and developed the SMART Home Certification, which we both have earned.

How do you give back to the community?

Pam: We give back through the Coldwell Banker CARES Foundation as well as our own Gillman Victores family. Whether it’s donating bikes for Toys for Tots, donating Girl Scout cookies to the troops, or sponsoring the I Care I Cure Run, Gillman Victores Realtors support and volunteer with many organizations personally and professionally. It’s who we are and who we’ve always been.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Jackie: Our focus for 2017 continues to include community and giving back events for our Gillman Victores family of clients and, of course, being the Realtor that we would want for ourselves. Follow us on Facebook or log onto our website for event information, as well as to access “sneak peeks,” our blog, and new listing information. Contact us if you want to know what your house is worth and how we can sell it quickly and smoothly. We invite you to become one of the family and discover how Gillman Victores Realtors are “Your KEY to all things Real Estate.” Realtors Jacqueline Gillman and Pamela Victores are Certified Negotiation Specialists and SMART HOME Certified. Their Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office is located at 2690 Weston Road, #101. For more information call 954-557-0218 or 954-849-SOLD or visit www.GillmanVictoresRealtors.com.

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Second Grader Shares Beloved Family Bedtime Story In Spanish Children’s Book

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very night before bedtime, Daniel Tapias and his mother, Paula Guarin, share a bedtime story. Rather than read from a book, the mother and son enjoy creating their own original stories. “Like many children, Daniel likes books and stories before bed, but he does not like to repeat them,” explains Paula. “After I had read all of the children’s books from our home library, I started telling him stories about my own childhood in Colombia, my family farm, and my grandparents. At one point, I ran out of reality, so I turned to my imagination. To my surprise, with the fiction stories, Daniel started to intervene, so they became more fun for both of us.” One such story is that of El Búho Gruñón, or The Grumpy Owl. It’s about an owl who lives in their backyard and doesn’t like noises during the day because he can’t sleep. The story starts with Daniel wanting to build a treehouse, but the owl gets angry because the hammering is too loud. The owl also wants the tree all to himself. Throughout the story, the owl ends up in different silly situations, such as wet, inflated as a balloon, or with flour and paint on his face. Like all children’s stories, it concludes with a happy ending and lesson to be learned. In El Búho Gruñón, Daniel finally befriends the owl, who moves to a higher branch so he is not bothered by the noise. The owl also welcomes other animals into his tree. “It’s about lessons that people can learn to be fair and kind,” shares Daniel,

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who is in the second grade bi-literate class at Imagine Charter School at Weston. He and his mother had so much fun creating the story, they decided to turn it into a book. They collaborated on the text, but Daniel made all the illustrations. What’s really unique about this project is that it is written in Spanish. “We wrote in Spanish because there are not many books in Spanish and we wanted kids to have it,” explains Daniel. Proud of his handmade story book, Daniel shared it with his classmates, who all really enjoyed it. That inspired Daniel and his mother to turn their family project into a published book. Both agree this was an incredibly rewarding experience. For Daniel, that came when, Paula Guarin and Daniel Tapias “my mom saw the book on Amazon and she with the first draft of their Spanishlanguage children’s book. jumped like crazy because she was so happy.” Paula says for her, the most rewarding part was having done this with her son. “It represents countless moments of fun together imagining many stories before bed and now, in our way from the house to school every morning.” Daniel and Paula are already hard at work on their second story, The Traveler Squirrel. El Búho Gruñón is available on Amazon for $7.59. The Spanishlanguage fable is written in easy-to-read rhymes and is perfect for independent readers.


Make Your Voice Heard BY DANIEL J. STERMER, MAYOR, CITY OF WESTON

Mayor Stermer can be contacted via email at dstermer@ westonfl.org or 954-385-2000.

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Special Municipal Election will be held in Weston on Tuesday, March 14, to elect a City Commissioner to fill the vacancy in City Commission Seat 3. The elected representative will serve for the balance of the Seat 3 term of office until November 2018. March is not Weston’s regular election period, as our regular city elections are held on the same date as the November General Election, in evennumbered years, whereby the City does not have to bear the costs for a stand-alone election. In this instance, Weston is required to hold a stand-alone election. It is important to bring this March 14th election date to your attention, and stress the critical role Weston voters have in determining those elected to local office. Please do take time out of your busy schedule to vote for whom you choose to represent you. There is no early voting. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14th only. Your polling location is designated on your voter registration card, or you can visit the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website at www.browardsoe.org to find your polling location. I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to get to know your local elected officials – we are here for you and because of you. One of our City’s hallmarks is safety. Weston is a safe community and people move here with that in mind. Part of being a safe community is education and I wish to remind residents of two important issues. Bike Safety: Ensure you and your loved ones have, and use, front and rear lights on bicycles, which is now the law. Additional bike reflectors and reflection on clothing and helmets is strongly urged. Secondly, Vehicle Theft: Half of the vehicle thefts in Weston could be prevented. Vehicles are being easily stolen due to people leaving their key fobs in the car. When a key fob is in the car it will not lock. This allows car thieves to simply enter, start up and drive away with your car and its contents. Headed into spring, there are a wide-range of events happening throughout March and April for residents and visitors to avail yourselves of. We encourage you to visit our website events calendar at WestonFL.org/Events to browse the concerts, festivals, movies, magic shows, puppet shows, Egg Hunt and more that will take place all for free within your hometown. There is truly something for everyone in Weston where it’s all about lifestyle. Spring also brings about longer and warmer days and is the time of rebirth and inspiration. I encourage you to view Weston’s POP tips during the month of April in recognition of Earth Day. POP stands for Protect Our Planet and the tips provide simple and fun ideas for conservation. Earth Day is celebrated on Saturday, April 22nd. Subscribe to our Newsday Tuesday E-newsletter to receive the POP tips in your inbox and follow us on Twitter @ CityofWeston. We hope that everyone enjoys the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays and for students looking forward to Spring Break, both here and those away at college, have fun and be safe. Until next time…

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ndian Trace Elementary School was one of many Broward schools to celebrate Literacy Week. The Florida Department of Education promotes this week to help students strengthen their literacy skills and become better prepared for academic success. “It’s also a great way to show students that reading is fun,” states Indian Trace Media Specialist Dione Mila. “Curling up with a good book is a luxury that many people in the world are not privy to. We need to appreciate and take advantage of this privilege.” Literacy Coach Marc Horowitz says it’s important to encourage elementary students to read because once a student learns to read they must read to learn. “The goal is for students to become intrinsically motivated to read.” To further illustrate that, Mila added that one of her favorite quotes is: “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” by Confucius. Throughout the week, students took part in various reading activities both at home and in school. These included Door Day, where classes decorated their doors featuring favorite story book characters, authors or genres, creating personal bookmarks, Book Buddies, which paired younger grades with older grades for reading time, and Snuggle Up with a Good Book, where students brought blankets and pillows from home to snuggle up for story time. One of the children’s favorite activities was the nightly Catch a Student Reading at Home phone calls. Students looked forward to the possibility of receiving a phone call from the Principal, Assistant Principal, Literacy Coach, or Media

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Specialist. If they got “caught reading”, students had the opportunity to appear on WABES, the school’s in-house news channel, to talk about their book. “Fifth graders Amir Amritt and Samantha Colby spoke so highly about their books on the morning news program that now those books are always checked out from the Media Center,” notes Mrs. Mila. Book Talk Thursday provided another opportunity for students to share their favorite books with schoolmates on WABES. The children were given creative freedom on how they chose to present their book talk. For instance, some kindergarten students used an iPad to film themselves, while older students might have made an animated video or movie trailer about their book. “The standards-based goal of this project was to promote sharing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas,” notes Mr. Horowitz. Ms. Mila says Literacy Week is a favorite for many Indian Trace students, who are excited to share what they are reading and enjoy participating in the special activities. As a media specialist, she appreciates how this week encourages students to read more. Third grader Amogh Abhinanda certainly embraced the event. “I love reading! One of my best subjects is reading because it is cool and you sink into it. It also makes you smart!”


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Weston Students Excel at Tomodachi Haiku Contest BY STACEY BOMSER

learn a language diminishes as he or she grows older. There is a window of opportunity that closes as we get older. Learning a foreign language also makes the student a better thinker and better citizen.” Because part of the Tomodachi program focuses on Japanese culture, students are encouraged to participate in an annual district-wide haiku contest. During one of the lessons, Sensei Fisher explained the elements of the Japanese poetry. The Consulate of Japan selected the winners of the Tomodachi Haiku Contest. Indian Trace Elementary had four winners. Collin Presser from Mrs. Sanchez’s class was one of the two Grand Prize winners. Classmate Leela Mohan was the first place winner for second grade. Harris Bouchillon and Delilah Munoz from Mrs. Kozlowski’s class took first and second place, respectively, in the first grade category. Manatee Bay Elementary School also participates in the Tomodachi program. Its students swept the fourth grade category with Martin Florez winning first prize, Hannah Valdivia taking second place, and Iris Fan placing third. Congratulations to these outstanding students, or as they say in Japanese “Omedetoo Gozaimasu”.

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even Weston students were among the winners of the Tomodachi Haiku Contest sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Indian Trace Elementary School second grader Collin Presser was a grand prize winner. First and second graders at Indian Trace Elementary take part in Tomodachi, a weekly distance learning class taught by Satoko Fisher, a highly experienced and innovative Japanese language teacher. Using a program similar to Skype, the Sensei (teacher) teaches conversational Japanese and introduces students to the culture and traditions of Japan. Madelen Sanchez, a second grade gifted/high achiever teacher at Indian Trace Elementary, says her students really enjoy learning Japanese and it’s been amazing to see how quickly they pick up the language. Mrs. Sanchez says the students can speak some Japanese. “They can greet each other, ask how they are, ask each other’s name, and ask about the things they like or not like. They also learn the colors, numbers, names of family members, names of animals, and many more things.” At Indian Trace, first and second graders take part in the Tomodachi program. “The earlier a foreign language is introduced the easier it is to acquire it,” explains Mrs. Sanchez. “Research shows that a person’s capacity to

Indian Trace Elementary School Principal Amy Winder poses with Tomodachi Haiku Contest winners Delilah Munoz, Harris Bouchillon, Collin Presser, and Leela Mohan.

A Children’s Carousel Initiates Sister School Program with Prominent Chinese Preschool BY STACEY BOMSER

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Children’s Carousel has established a sister school program with the QiYuan International School of China. Preschool students are learning the Chinese language and culture, while teachers and administrators are exchanging and implementing new teaching methods. A Children’s Carousel Owner Terry Chemtov says he was able to connect his preschool with QiYuan because his business partner, Andrew Skurowitz, Ed.D., serves as a consultant to the prestigious international school. “He spent a week in China and was extremely impressed with the high quality of education, in particular at the preschool level because of the use of curriculum materials developed by Yelia Wang, the owner of QiYuan, and her colleagues, which focus on differentiated instruction and multiple intelligences. He was also impressed with the character and respect demonstrated by the Chinese students, their proficiency in English, and their multifaceted array of talents in the fine arts.”

Yelia Wang, owner of the QiYuan International School, teaches students at A Children’s Carousel to count in Chinese.

According to Chemtov, the preschools are a natural match as sister schools due to the high academic standards that are common to both organizations. They will be able to learn from each other’s strengths. During a recent visit to A Children’s Carousel, Mrs. Wang taught students to count in Chinese and about the Chinese culture. She also spoke to parents about the latest developments in Chinese education. She acknowledged the Chinese educational system is much more rigorous than that of the United States. “Mrs. Wang told parents that in China, preschool students are expected to be able to read and write in Chinese, understand and speak basic English, and to understand basic concepts in math and science by the time they graduate preschool, in addition to having developed talents in their chosen area of art, music, drama or dance,” shares Chemtov. A Children’s Carousel may adopt some of the methods used at QiYuan. It is already conducting joint educational activities with children in China. According to Chemtov, “We have exchanged messages and videos with the students at QiYuan and the students’ response has been fantastic.” He says the school is working on other programs for the coming academic year, including the option to learn Chinese at A Children’s Carousel. The preschool is also planning a teacher’s exchange program. He’s also excited to be building an awareness of the existence of other cultures among young children. “We are very excited that through this program, our students will develop a sensitivity to other countries and cultures thereby setting the path for future personal, academic, and business relationships with their peers overseas.”

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Cypress Bay PTSA Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Stress

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o discuss and combat stress levels among high school students, the Parent Student Teacher Association (PTSA) of Cypress Bay High School partnered with The Weston Alliance for Youth (WAY) to organize a Town Hall Meeting in which panelists addressed the topic of student stress. The WAY is a division of the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse. PTSA President Mindy Siegel said the topic needed to be discussed for the purpose of not only allowing students to understand that they’re not alone, but also to provide them with experts to reach out to if they are to need assistance. Gonzalo Cadima, Senior Director of United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance “I hope the attendants gained an understanding that we’re all in Abuse; Rosa Mazzocca, Cypress Bay High School this together and that we can help each other by sharing our own Guidance Counselor and Suicide Prevention Derek Sheinberg, founder of the Cypress Designee; and Jackie Rosen, Executive Director/ Bay HOPE Club, and Captain Ozzy experiences and expertise,” she said. “I also wanted parents and CEO of Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention Tianga, Broward Sheriff’s Office students to leave with a list of resources they can contact if they exactly mental illness is and what exactly the drugs are.” need help.” Senior Director of The WAY Gonzalo Cadima said the meeting was organized Since September, PTSA and The WAY worked to select panelists to contribute to the discussion. The panel consisted of Clinical Director of the Neural Behavioral to improve the Weston community and bring about a positive change. “The WAY helps to provide the community with information and organize meetHealth Institute Dr. Jonathan Hoffman, Broward Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Ozzy Tianga, parents Debi and Dwight Melgaard, Guidance Counselor Rosa Mazzocca, ings like these to work with youth,” he said. “We support anything that will better the community, and this meeting was a combination of people sharing a positive and sophomore Derek Sheinberg, founder of the school’s Helping Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) club. The moderator of the meeting was NBC6 Anchor message and explaining how there are always solutions.” After dealing with a friend’s suicide last year, Sheinberg founded the HOPE Adam Kuperstein.        Club to act as an outlet for stressed-out students. Through the meeting, Sheinberg “PTSA specifically brought Mrs. Mazzocca because of her expertise in mental was able to contribute his feelings on stress from a student perspective. health and Dr. Hoffman because of his expertise in anxiety and OCD; we also “This meeting was a great opportunity to share the HOPE members’ thoughts requested to put a HOPE student on the panel,” Mrs. Siegel said. and opinions from first-hand experiences,” Sheinberg said. “Many adults don’t For Lieutenant Tianga, discussing stress and substance abuse isn’t only his job realize how common student stress is, so we hoped to really open up their eyes on as a Synthetic Drug Expert, but also his passion; he recognizes the significance of the subject and encourage them to take action on it.” coming to events like the Town Hall Meeting. “It’s as important to go to meetings like this as it is to go to school,” he said. “It’s Rachel Friedman is a junior at Cypress Bay High School and is the education — it’s about learning, understanding what exactly addiction is, what News Copy Editor for the school newspaper, The Circuit.

Cypress Bay’s Advanced Academic Night Facilitates Course Selection Process BY JESSIE CHAIET, STUDENT WRITER

English teacher Michelle Seiler (right) explains the curriculum of AP English Language to sophomore Lexi Gladstone and her mother, Anne Gladstone.

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n order to aid the process of course selection, the Advanced Academic Night at Cypress Bay High School informed parents and students about Advanced Placement (AP) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses. More than 400 people attended the event. “It’s an important night for everyone, and it’s a good way to get more information and help with the course selection process,” Guidance Director Marlene Sanders said. Mrs. Sanders gave an opening presentation in the auditorium. She discussed the difference between AP and AICE classes, the AICE Diploma, the scoring of AP and AICE exams and other topics regarding advanced academics. Afterwards, students and parents were invited to talk to the teachers of AP and AICE courses. The cafeteria contained classes in the areas of art, career education, computer science, language arts, math, music and science. The Wave contained classes in the areas of social studies and world languages as well as a section where parents and students could talk to guidance counselors and learn about the AICE Diploma. “The Advanced Academic Night puts a face to a class; sometimes parents just see ‘AICE Spanish’ without seeing who teaches it,” AICE Spanish teacher Mrs. Barrera said. “This makes parents feel more confident about who is going to be

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taking care of their kids throughout the next year.” Junior Sydnie Cohen attended Advanced Academic Night as a volunteer for AICE Thinking Skills 1 and 2. She informed parents and students about the course and helped them decide if they wanted to take it or not. “I personally enjoyed the AICE Thinking Skills 2 class, and I hoped to help people make the right decision regarding whether they should take the class.” This event was held during the week of course selection to make sure that students signed up for appropriate classes. “I think it’s very important for students to pick a balanced schedule and to know what requirements that the course will have once students take a specific course,” Mrs. Sanders said. Jack Fintz said he and his daughter, sophomore Robin Fintz, learned about many classes including AP Physics, AP Statistics and AP Calculus. He said it was important to learn about classes because course selection will affect his daughter’s future. “This event was very informative and provided direct access to the same teacher that will be teaching the course,” Mr. Fintz said. “It gave us a lot of information and some personal touch as far as what we are about to get into and what she is going to learn.” Cohen said she thought this event was a great opportunity for parents and students as it allowed them to look at potential classes for the next school year and make smart choices. “The Bay is an extremely large high school with a plethora of high level courses. While a lot of variety is great, the choices are often overwhelming. This event provided the perfect opportunity for parents and students to get answers about courses.” Jessie Chaiet is a sophomore at Cypress Bay High School. She is the News Photo Editor of The Circuit, her school’s student newspaper.


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he Sagemont School prides itself on the success of its students, who excel academically, athletically and artistically. In the performing arts, its multidisciplinary music program, which includes both band and choral instruction, has allowed students to achieve greatness and perform publicly. Sagemont’s music program begins at the Lower School Campus where children are introduced to music theory, vocal score reading and music appreciation. According to music teacher Sandy Baron, students start as beginners, both vocally and instrumentally. The students advance, during their music class, both individually and as a group. “The chorus is open to third, fourth and fifth grade students,” notes Ms. Baron. “These students are taught to follow vocal scores and use proper vocal techniques, while using the repertoire that is sung in unison, rounds and, when possible, two-parts.” As students matriculate to the Upper School Campus, for middle school and high school, the musical instruction choices expand exponentially. The Sagemont School offers band, chorus, keyboard, guitar, and rock band programs, as well as music theory courses through the Advanced Placement level.

Members of the Sagemont Upper School band practice.

“Theory is an important part of the foundation of music and as we often teach through performance, various concepts are introduced currently in all concert band performance ensembles,” explains Band Director Jessica Gronberg. Music theory is also taught to choral students. Teacher Matthew Goldberg notes, “Along with standard music theory, we cover harmony, ear training, arranging, stage performance and more.”

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Sagemont’s music program is open to all students. “Each and every year we have several students at different ages that come to our program that are new and begin their musical journey,” shares Ms. Gronberg. “What’s so wonderful as a sixth through twelfth grade program, most stay to continue playing so that we continue building upon this foundation. The amount of growth seen from year to year is truly remarkable.” That is evident by the numerous accolades and accomplishments students are receiving. According to Ms. Gronberg, “Sagemont students Peter Koltis and Jonathan Lopez are part of the All-State Honor Band. Sarah Roque, Brian Pastewski and Jonathan Lopez are in the All-County Honor Band. And Angelique Gronberg was selected for the Youth Pride Honor Band.” In addition, Sagemont had several students participate in the Florida Bandmasters Association District and State Solo and Ensemble, which took place last month. The school also has students performing in the South Florida Honor Band Festival hosted by the University of Miami Honor Band, Tri-State and Festival of Winds Honor Band. “My philosophy has always been that given an atmosphere where pride, respect, and diligence are fostered, excellence will be something students will demand of themselves,” shares Ms. Gronberg. “I credit the students for the various achievements and accomplishments throughout this year as well as prior years.” While classical music is obviously important in music instruction, Sagemont students are fortunate to be able to study more modern music as well in the guitar, keyboard and rock band classes. “Chorus is often offered at many schools, but the

The Sagemont Lower School chorus performs at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

opportunity to study guitar and/or keyboard five days a week is extremely advantageous. Most music students study privately with a teacher at their home or in a studio once a week for 30 minutes. Taking music five days a week surely accelerates the learning process,” claims Mr. Goldberg, who also directs the Sagemont Synergy rock band. “From Mozart to Maroon 5…from Bach to Bon Jovi…they’re rockin’ it all here at The Sagemont School.” Sagemont Synergy is a culmination of the chorus, guitar, keyboard and rock band programs at The Sagemont School. “Our performances feature students in all these programs working together on different songs. They perform vocal solos, duets, small ensembles, large ensembles, and sometimes perform all together like we do at Weston Town Center and Walt Disney World.” Performing in public is a big part of being a musician and Sagemont music students are presented plenty of opportunities to perform on campus, in the community and around the state. At school, band and choral students perform seasonal concerts, as well as at The Sagemont School Art Festival, open houses, and graduation. Locally, students are invited to perform annually at Weston’s Celebrate the Arts Day. They have also performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Other notable performances include a Universal Studios’ STARS Stage performance, Give Kids the World (a special village for terminally ill children and their families), and national anthem performance at a Miami Marlins game. These performances are not the only unique opportunity available to students at The Sagemont School. Its Visual & Performing Arts Center, housed on the Upper School Campus, has provided a place for music students to study and thrive. “With the support of our outstanding administration, we have received sound equipment and instruments to take Synergy to the next level,” said Mr. Goldberg. “When you walk into our room and see the mixing board, PA speakers, wireless microphones, electric and acoustic guitars, our beautiful new Yamaha electric pianos, drums and more….you can surely tell Sagemont is someplace special.”


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The procedure is usually painless. Tiny, hair thin needles are placed on the body to balance your natural energy. After the needle is inserted, you may notice a sensation of tingling, heaviness or the movement of energy along the channel pathway. Depending on your treatment, the needles are left on the body from as few as ten seconds to 30 minutes. Many patients report feelings of relaxation and improved energy. Acupuncture can also help you feel and look younger, decrease wrinkles, improve circulation and boost your immune system. Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive problems, infertility, neck and back pain are all commonly treated with acupuncture. At Windmill Health Center, our mission is to provide you with the best possible healthcare with gentle acupuncture treatments and herbs providing a natural, safe and effective holistic approach. Our practitioner will offer you a comfortable environment and compassionate care. Some of our services include Auricular Therapy, Cupping, Infrared Heat Lamp, Point Injection Therapy, Massage Therapy and Herbal or Homeopathic Medicine. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Rick Behar and Dr. Marc Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Naples. Contact the Weston location for more information.

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Why You Should Start Doing Yoga Immediately BY CAROLINA SANCHEZ

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oga is an ancient practice designed to help achieve a more positive outlook on life and a focused, permanent sense of serenity and peace. The word ‘yoga’ itself means ‘union’ and ‘union with the divine’; however, many people have stripped away the spirituality and focus of yoga and think of it as contortionist hot classes. Yoga has so much more to offer than flexibility and the idea of garnering a strong body. People of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities can do yoga and adapt it to suit their individual tastes and needs. If you think yoga might not be for you, I urge you to reconsider. Here are seven of my top reasons why you should start doing yoga as soon as you can: 1. It’s a great workout. Yoga is a fantastic workout for your body. You can adapt the practices to your own speed and level of comfort. There are some fantastic series of movements out there that are perfect for every kind of day and for every kind of person. 2. It gets you in touch with your body. Yoga stretches and exercises are designed to increase strength and durability. Therefore, doing yoga on a regular basis will get you more in tune with your body. You will know when something is really working and when it isn’t. 3. It can help your breathing technique. A big part of yoga is the breathing exercises, or pranayama, which are incorporated into positions and then on their own. The exercises encourage a more focused and centered way of breathing, and while they might not be something you’ll do consciously every day, they provide methods of effective stress-management and, generally, make you feel better. 4. It can improve your sleep. This might be due to the fact that a few sequences of poses and movements are intended to be done right before sleep. Studies have shown that doing some light physical activity before bed can help us get to sleep more quickly, which usually leads to better quality sleep. Working on problem-areas through yoga can help alleviate pain symptoms and increase the likelihood of better sleep. 5. It will improve your posture. Good posture is definitely going to develop during yoga practice. You start off slouching and slumped, reflecting someone who spends most of the day at their desk, but yoga will help sculpt your back into the kind of poised posture that’ll make you walk taller and feel immensely better about it. 6. It can develop your physical and mental strength. The whole point of yoga is to work on your body’s strength so that you can sit for longer in meditation. The breathing exercises can improve your lung capacity, while the lunges and stretches can increase your core strength as well as muscle tone. Yoga exercises force you to focus on the moment, and during meditation, to clear your mind, which helps alleviate stress and improve your mental health. 7. Meditation can change your life for the better. Meditation is the key to all things yoga. Even if you can do every complicated pose, it loses all of its true meaning if it’s not done with focus and thought. Meditation improves your quality of life by allowing your mind time to process. It’s an integral part of yoga practice, allowing you to embrace calmness and serenity with ease. Carolina Sanchez is the owner of Weston Yoga and Wellness Center. It is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information or to schedule an appointment for wellness services, please call 954-349-6868 or visit www.westonyoga.com.


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For those who have bodies suffering a lot of wear and tear due to sports or intense training regimens, acupuncture is a highly effective, time tested treatment. Acupuncture resolves pain, accelerates healing, increases range of motion, decreases inflammation, swelling and bruising, relaxes muscles, relieves spasms, lowers the body pain response and improves circulation. It’s important to know that Acupuncture as well as cupping can be used in conjunction with physical therapy, chiropractic and massage.

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Energy and Endurance enhancement: Acupuncture regulates the nervous system, helping improve energy and endurance and allowing for enhanced athletic performances. Muscle relaxation and rapid recovery: Blood flow is increased through the body, tight muscles relax and inflammation reduces, relieving fatigue, strain and soreness. Treatments between training sessions and after races, competitions or games minimizes muscle fatigue, promotes deeper more restful sleep allowing muscle tissue to rebuild and energy is restored faster. Monique Bain, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac., graduated from the Academy of Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, with her degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture. Five Element Wellness Center is located at 17150 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1, in Weston and at 7310 West McNab Road, Suite 107, in Tamarac. Visit the website at www.5ewc.com or contact the office at 954-657-8342.


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ne of the areas of law which my firm handles is paternity. When a child is born to parents who are not married, a Paternity issue arises. A Paternity lawsuit can be brought by either the mother or the father of the child. The purpose of the lawsuit is usually to establish the rights of the parents and establish a child support obligation. Most people, however, do not have knowledge of the laws in this state concerning unwed parents who have a child. When they come in for a consultation they are usually quite surprised as to the state of the law. In Florida, if the parents are not married there is no presumption as to who the father is. The purpose of filing a paternity action is to establish who the father is and, as such, determine the respective rights and responsibilities of the parties. Florida Statutes state: “Any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings in the circuit court, in chancery, to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not been established by law or otherwise.” As stated above, a mother can file a paternity action against the father of the child or a father can file one against the mother. If either party denies the paternity, a DNA test will be ordered to determine who the father is. Once paternity is established, the father has all of the rights and responsibilities of any father would have, which would include child support and time sharing. If the parties maintain their relationship, the issue of paternity rarely is a concern. It is only when the parties have conflict that the lack of an order of paternity can complicate matters. As an example, consider a non-married couple who were never married and had a child together. There is no issue as to who the father is. The couple is not living together, but has followed a time sharing schedule which is satisfactory to both parties. In addition, the father has been financially supporting the child. Since the issue of paternity has never been an issue in their lives, a court order was never sought. What might happen if the party’s relationship deteriorates? What if the mother suddenly denies the same time sharing to the father? What if the father suddenly stops contributing financial support for the child? These are the issues that I often see in my office. What can be done? Unfortunately, until such time as paternity is established by law the father will not have the ability to file a motion to enforce his time sharing, because there is no presumption that he is the father. On the other hand, the mother will not be able to immediately pursue her child support for the same reason. Establishing paternity early on will eliminate these potential problems. It is only when the parents wait until a crisis occurs that problems arise. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.

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Helping Your Itchy Pet BY MIGUEL E. CORDOVA, DVM

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Itching is a response to another condition, so identifying the cause of the itching is as important as treating the itch. Your veterinarian will likely begin the process with a complete medical history and physical examination of your pet. Your veterinarian may also recommend diagnostic testing that can include the following: ▸▸ Combing your pet to look for fleas ▸▸ Taking samples of hair and skin cells to look for mites and other skin parasites ▸▸ Culture testing to identify bacteria or fungal organisms ▸▸ Allergy testing ▸▸ Blood work to look for underlying medical issues that can affect the skin

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Managing an itchy pet can involve combining several approaches, because multiple factors can be contributing to the problem. For example, if a pet has an underlying allergy problem that is complicated by a flea infestation in addition to a bacterial or fungal infection, all of these issues may need to be addressed. Treatment for an itchy pet can require a long-term commitment. Because pets respond differently to medications, your veterinarian may need to revise the treatment plan as therapy is progressing. It is important to maintain communication with your veterinarian, especially if a treatment doesn’t seem to be helping, or if your pet seems to be responding negatively to a treatment.

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Topical products: Your veterinarian may recommend a topical product if your pet has mild or localized itching, or as supportive therapy for more generalized conditions. Examples may include moisturizers, ointments, and lotions. Shampoos: Medicated shampoos can help some pets suffering with itchy skin. The effects of medicated shampoos may last for a few days; some shampoos can be used along with a leave-on conditioner to extend the effects. Medications: For many pets, corticosteroids provide more relief from itching than many other forms of treatment. A variety of products are available, and they can be given as pills, liquid, or by injection. However, corticosteroids have some side effects, and not every pet is a candidate for this treatment. Supplements: Fatty acid supplements and other nutritional supplements can help some pets with skin itching. Various formulations are available using fish oils, vegetable oils, and other combinations, and effectiveness can vary. Animal Health Center @ Weston is “The Gentle Practice You Can Rely On.” Dr. Miguel E. Cordova and his staff are committed to caring for your precious pets. The practice is located at 2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Animal Health Center @ Weston at 954-385-8389 or visit them online at www.animalhealthcenteratweston.com.

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One Hundred Years of Doing Good in the World

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t the 1917 Rotary International (RI) Convention in Atlanta, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” The Rotary Club of Kansas City responded with a gift of $26.50. One hundred years later, The Rotary Foundation has raised over $3 billion for lifechanging projects around the globe, including polio eradication efforts. The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International. The Foundation’s first gift was $500 to the International Crippled Children’s Society in 1930. Rotary had become a proponent and supporter of the organization, and continued that support to help build what we know now as The Easter Seals Society. Through generous giving by Rotarians and friends, the Foundation today provides support for 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide to carry out sustainable projects in the areas of peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention, clean water and sanitation, literacy and basic education, maternal and child health care, and growing local economies. Rotary’s polio eradication effort began in 1979 in the Philippines and since 1988 includes partners such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the CDC in Atlanta and, later, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has committed $2 for every $1 raised by The Rotary Foundation for polio eradication. As recently as 1988, polio was still present in 125 countries, paralyzing 350,000 annually. Today, through the efforts of The Rotary Foundation and world partners providing 2.5 billion immunizations, 99.9 percent of the disease has been wiped out. In 2016, there were only 35 reported cases in three countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan). Rotary is committed to keeping its promise of a polio-free world and will continue education and immunization efforts until all remaining endemic areas are certified polio free for three years. You can learn more about this international undertaking at www.endpolio.org. The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial Celebration kicked off at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Korea and will culminate at the June 2017 Convention in —where else — Atlanta. A birthday bash of epic proportion is planned, as thousands of Rotarians from dozens of countries convene to celebrate the fellow-

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ship of Rotary and 100 years of doing good in the world. Centennial giving goals of $300 million are well on track as individuals, corporations and Rotary clubs support The Foundation with generous gifts of time, expertise and funds to provide meaningful, sustainable service in every corner of the globe. The Rotary Club of Weston has been an avid supporter of The Foundation since the club’s inception. In addition to individual gifts, a large portion of the proceeds from the club’s annual Rotary Run for Tomorrow is earmarked for Foundation giving. Last year, the club contributed approximately $60,000 to The Rotary Foundation in addition to its local service projects. In June, many of the club’s members will travel to Atlanta to join in the celebration. For more information about The Rotary Foundation, or how your business, school or organization can get involved in the global effort to eradicate polio, contact club Foundation Chair Margarita Lartitegui at mllartitegui@yahoo.com.


OXXO Care Cleaners Cares About Your Clothes and The Environment BY STACEY BOMSER

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What distinguishes POC from other sushi buffets? Our style of food is called American-fusion. Think American-Asian culinary artists who really care about creating an unforgettable dining experience for you. Some of our sushi chefs, including myself, have worked in New York City.

How many types of sushi do you offer? The sushi buffet features over

30 selections of sushi, sashimi and skillfully prepared rolls. The selection varies daily, depending upon what types of fresh fish are available.

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items on the buffet. There are about 25 entrees on the hot bar including POC’s infamous Grand Marnier Shrimp, as well as other Asian-inspired items including sesame chicken, chicken and steak teriyaki, tempura, dumplings and even fried rice. The cold bar features fresh seafood selections including Alaskan Snow Crab legs, cocktail shrimp, oysters and mussels, as well as a small salad bar. We also offer a delicious dessert buffet.

Do you offer made-to-order items? While all of our food is

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food and sushi on the buffet. Nothing sits for long. Of course, our food is so good, the serving plate is usually empty long before then.

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mous selection of fresh sushi and gourmet entrees available. POC serves lunch and dinner daily. The lunch buffet is $12.95 Monday through Friday and $13.95 on weekends. The dinner buffet is $20.95 Monday through Thursday and $21.95 Friday through Sunday. We have special pricing for children. POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi is located at 1651 Bonaventure Boulevard, next to Walgreens near Weston Town Center. To book a private party or to make a reservation for parties of six or more, call 954-389-5188. For more information visit www.pocbuffet.com.


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Students in Jordan Goldberg’s first grade class at Gator Run Elementary School show off some of their favorite books while celebrating Literacy Week.

THE WRITE STUFF

Country Isles Elementary School welcomed Author in Residence Dr. John Becker. He is the author of 26 children’s books. He talked about the writing process, read from his books, shared videos and told stories about the animals he has observed in the wild.

HIT LIST

Fourth and fifth grade Spanish classes at Indian Trace Elementary School sang songs or recited rhymes about a Hispanic leader. The ten best projects made the “ITE Billboard List” with the top five invited to an ice cream party to celebrate their achievement. Gabriel Quintero, Samantha Colby, Aileen Hernandez, and Mateo Gray led the chart with their Christina Aguilera song.

STEM SKILLS

Students in Arlene Presno’s third grade class at Indian Trace Elementary School were challenged to build towers using only cranberries and toothpicks. It was part of a STEM activity in engineering.

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The Sagemont Lower School Campus celebrated the 100th Day of School. Children participated in special activities including an early childhood pajama party, 100 fitness activities in PE, building a structure with 100 cups, writing 100 Spanish words, and more.

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SELF PORTRAITS

Students in Trimar Lugo’s bi-literate kindergarten class at Imagine Charter School at Weston learned about symmetry by completing self-portraits. The creative lesson taught dimension and proportion.

SCHOOL SPIRIT

The Sagemont School held a special ceremony as members of the junior and senior classes received their class rings and lockets alongside their parents.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the Cypress Bay High School soccer team on winning their 14th consecutive District Championship by beating West Broward High School.

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BE KIND

The Sagemont School participated in the 2017 Great Kindness Challenge, joining 10,493,866 other students in 15,057 schools from 91 countries. The Great Kindness Challenge is one day where kids around the world dedicate themselves to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.

WISHMAKERS

Tequesta Trace Middle School’s Junior Honor Society hosted a team for the annual Walk for Wishes fundraiser at Markham Park. Students and staff raised over $1000 for Make-A-Wish.

THE BIG CHILL

The Children Enrichment Center at St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool celebrated “Snow Week.” Students chilled out with their favorite characters from the movie Frozen.

CLUB KIDS

Students enrolled in the “Bayside Clubs” after school program at Manatee Bay Elementary School enjoy a variety of activities. Clubs include Robotics, Manatee Milers (running club), All Hands on Deck (card games), Double Dutch (jump roping club), and Chess Club.

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PINT-SIZED PICASSOS

During National School Choice Week at Weston Learning Academy preschool students worked together to create a mural. It is an event where the school chooses a fun activity to do with the children in order to motivate them to stay in school.

FAMILY MATTERS

LITTLE LEARNERS

Children at Tiny Planet Preschool develop a love of learning through the school’s creative curriculum built upon exploration and discovery.

A Children’s Carousel celebrated its annual Grandparents Day. The preschool students created hand-made gifts, sang songs, recited poetry and stories, played games and enjoyed a snack with their grandparents.


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Students at Country Isles Elementary enjoyed participating in the school’s annual Olympics.

GREEN THUMBS

During Tequesta Trace Middle School’s first Learning Garden Planting Day, students, families and staff installed over 140 plants, 50 stepping stones and garden decorations. The event was sponsored by the Eco-Partner Club, with help from Broward County’s NatureScape, the PTA, and donations from Garmizo’s Nursery. The gardens feature different themes such as the Reading Garden, The Tequesta Indian Garden, The Diversity Garden and the Peace Patch.

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The Manatee Bay Elementary Health Committee hosted the school’s first Family Fun event. The theme was “A Family That Plays Together Has Fun Together” and it emphasized having good, old fashioned fun without technology. More than 500 participants enjoyed human foosball, kickball and Zumba.


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The Winter Safety Expo, sponsored by the City of Weston and Broward Sheriff’s Office, was a chance for the community to get up close and personal with the people and apparatus that protect us. In keeping with the winter wonderland theme, snow flurries fell at the Cypress Bay High School site.

Olympic Silver Medalist Connor Jaegar was in town to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Weston YMCA pool, which had undergone a $280,000 renovation. The award-winning swimmer held clinics with the Barracudas Swim Team.

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Members of Weston BSO Explorers Post 44 attended a law enforcement delegates training hosted by the Gainesville Police Department. The Explorers trained in the areas of community relations and traffic stop safety. They also visited “The Swamp” at the University of Florida.

Weston Mayor Dan Stermer and Olympic Silver Medalist Connor Jaegar. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Goodman JFS CEO Jacob Schreiber with co-chairs Ibby Schulman (left) and Margie Albert.

RAISING AWARENESS TALK OF THE TOWN

In celebration of National Literacy Week, members of the Weston Area Toastmasters posed with their manuals.

Weston residents Ibby Schulman and Margie Luncheon Co-Chair Ibby Schulman, Goodman JFS Chairman of the Board Sheldon Ross, Florida Senator Albert co-chaired Lauren Book, Ron Book, and event Co-Chair Margie Albert. the Goodman Jewish Family Services (GJFS) of Broward County 10th annual KOLOT “Breaking The Silence” Luncheon. It raised funds and awareness about domestic abuse.

SEEN ON SCENE

Commissioners Tom Kallman and Margaret Brown. Photos courtesy City of Weston.


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